“Take control of the personal moments of your daily life.”

I really love my new place, but there's one thing I'll miss: my old toilet.

Both the old and new places have an INAX brand “Shower Toilet” (yes, that's the name). But the two are quite different; apparently, INAX names all their toilets “shower” toilets.

The old place apparently had a “K Series” model, while the new place has an “Satis S5” series model.

Anyway, they are the same in that they have all the standard controls: bidet, “wash”, blow dry, water temperature control, water pressure control, air temperature control, and seat temperature control. The new one has the controls on a wall-mounted remote control, but otherwise they appear quite comparable. For whatever reason, at US$1,400, the new on costs about 2x the old one.

The most basic function of one of these “enhanced” toilets is its “wash” feature. Press a button and a well-aimed jet of warm water, er, washes you. The water pressure can be adjusted from a trickle to fairly strong jet.

What I'll really miss, though, is that the water pressure on the old one could be turned up to sand-blasting proportions. We're talking Old Faithful, Niagara Falls, and fire hoses. Get the aim just right, and we're talking clean outside and in. As the maker says on their English site, “Clean never felt so good.” I liked it.

The new one has no such power. Sigh. I'll miss my old toilet.

By the way, the maker now has a model for the North-American market. The title of this post comes from some of silly English copy on their site.

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Great post. I just visited the Inax website, and saw the silly copy, but what really caught my eye was the sweet picture of the family, complete with dog. As Gracie is doing some modeling now, I can imagine the conversation:

Agent: I have good news and bad news.
Model: what is the good news?
Agent: You just got picked up for a photo shoot!
Model: what is the bad news?
Agent: It’s for a brand of toilet.
Model: well, that’s not Coke, but how bad can it be?
Agent: um, it’s for a toilet that, er, washes you. And the ad will be on their website for all to see and ridicule.
Model: I guess I can never run for office then.

— comment by Michael Friedl on October 26th, 2006 at 5:09am JST (15 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

I’m so confused by these things. How does this thing enter a market? At some point, people in Japan must’ve said “Well, guys, I think I’m ready for the next step. I think I’m ready to have water shot into my personal orifices.” How does one make that leap?

I don’t think this is something I could ever get used to. Certainly not in public bathrooms.

Oh, and if you hit the button while not on it, is it like a little fountain in your bathroom? That would be pretty cool.

— comment by Krister Johnson on May 2nd, 2007 at 3:17pm JST (14 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

We just bought a COCO bidet. This thing is awesome. I have truly never felt this clean before. At first I was skeptical but serioulsy the COCO bidet is really easy to use and much better than toilet paper. Their website is http://www.biolifetechnologies.com

— comment by Rob on August 21st, 2007 at 5:31am JST (14 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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